August 3, 2007
It would be amusing if it weren’t so hypocritical. The big media are in a tizzy over Rupert Murdoch buying the “Wall Street Journal.”
The condescension is something to behold. The big media seem to think only they should define real journalism and only they should be allowed to practice it. By “they,” I mean people who believe in big government, higher taxes, more regulation, abortion and gay rights. Free enterprise, self-reliance and personal accountability are of no concern to them.
Getting back to Murdoch – and full disclosure, I have a position on FOX News, which he owns – the big media are upset because Murdoch has tapped into a demographic they have ignored for years. He has reached them and they are buying his product. The big media dismissed or stereotyped them…these church-going, patriotic, politically conservative Americans.
Apparently, Murdoch promised the Dow Jones board he would put in place a panel that would have the power to hire and fire. What is he, a leper? To the big media, he is. And that attitude explains their failure and his success.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.